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John Doyle: Conclusions

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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2022

Conclusions

 

i.m. Kevin Moran (1930 - 2020)

 

by John Doyle



A few coffee mugs

cease clinking, stains curdle their yearly snowfall—

ABBA rehearsing supper's encore since 1978,

Derby County - League Champions 1974/1975—



game abandoned due to deaths, taxes—the usual.

Cats reason with me, 

a few hardened sausages land their way—

life being its hard callow-self, hands like raisins, coffee-stained, 



elderly mugs too, in mourning—

seeping glory;

Six bottles of stout a glassy ghoulish-brown

will keep his head above water, until my return—



Derby County and ABBA mugs, starving cats 

who must reason with me—

things he doesn't remember 

enough to forget



John Doyle is from County Kildare in Ireland. He returned to writing poetry in February 2015 after a gap of nearly 7 years. Since then, he's had 6 collections released, including Leaving Henderson County, in 2020. He is writing his first novel at present and works as a journalist.







Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Boardwalk, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.





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